Export conference: Exploring the opportunities


Please note that the hours mentioned are those of the province of Quebec and Maine (AHC).

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August 19th 2014 : Sport Center, University of Maine at Fort Kent

23 University dr., Fort Kent, ME

5:00 pm

Welcome word from UMFK president Wilson Hess and George Dumond.

Meet & Greet Reception at Sports Center, UMFK

6:45 pm

Dessert and Art Show "Acadie mythique" at the Acadian Archives on UMFK Campus

7:45 pm

Musical entertainment with The Fiddleheads and Les Chanteurs acadiens at the Fox Auditorium on UMFK Campus

August 20th 2014 :Sport Center, University of Maine at Fort Kent
23 University dr., Fort Kent, ME

8 - 8:45am

Registration and Continental breakfast at the Sports Center, UMFK

8am - 4pm

ONGOING - Exhibit of manufactures products or technologies in each region and Partners offering programs and services to exporters.

9am - 4pm

ONGOING - B2B2GO Business Connections

8:45 - 9am

Welcoming Remarks

  • Host of the conference: Alain Ouellette, NMDC Planning & Development Division Director
  • Wilson Hess, President of University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • George Dumond, President of the Maine Regional Coordinating Committee of the CMA 2014 and Co-president of COCMA
  • Diane Jackson for governor Paul LePage

9 - 9:30am

Keynote Speaker:  “Fostering US/Canada Trade Relations”
With Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate General in Boston, Thierry Weissenburger

9:30 - 10:30am

Top 10 Exporting Do’s and Don’ts: A trilateral perspective from Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec

  • Wade Merritt, Vice President Maine International Trade Center ;
  • Suzanne Turmel, Manager Economic Development New Brunswick, Market Access ;
  • Marie-Michèle Brien, International Affairs Councillor, Export Quebec .

10:30 - 11am

Networking Break and visit of the exhibits

11am - 12pm

Exploring the business opportunities in Acadia of the Lands and Forests

  • Maine : Robert (Bob) Dorsey, CEO Aroostook Partnership for Progress;
  • Northern New Brunswick : Isabelle Laplante, Director, Regional Development Corporation, Northwest District Office ;
  • Quebec: Serge Ouellet, General Manager, Société d’aide au développement des collectivités de Temiscouata  
  • France : Kim Lafleur,  Morbihan Chamber of Commerce

12 - 1:30pm

Lunch with guest speaker
Topic: “US - Canada relations, with a focus on regional economic issues”

US Consul General in Québec - Hale Vankoughnett

1:30 - 2:30pm

Panel discussion: Customs, regulations and Brokerage Houses

  • Ginette Richard-Amand – Regional Programs Officer, Corporate and Program Services Division, Canada Border Services Agency
  • UPS (Canada)- Kian Zarkechvari
  • UPS (US) - Carl Royer

2:30 - 3pm

Networking Break and visit of Exhibits

3 - 3:45pm

Exporters Testimonials, Success Stories

  • Maine: Jay Lajoie from Lajoie Growersinc.
  • New Brunswick: Jonathan Levesque from Groupe Savoie
  • Quebec : Stéphane Therrien from Glendyne

3:45 - 4pm

Questions and answers period & Final Remarks by the President of the conference